Sometimes I think life is just a rodeo (John Fogerty back in a big way — 1985)

On Jan. 26, 1985, John Fogerty’s Centerfield entered the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart at #49. This was Fogerty’s first solo album in 10 years (his third solo LP since leaving Creedence Clearwater Revival). The album would shoot to #1.

Fogerty was back in a very big way. The LP’s first single, “Old Man Down the Road,” became a Top 10 hit. The second single “Big Train from Memphis” only appeared on the country music charts in the US and Canada.

“Rock and Roll Girls,” the third single, is classic Fogerty — a minimal rock ‘n’ roll mix with Fogerty’s heartfelt crooning. The song went to #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Centerfield was the recording which generated several lawsuits for John Fogerty involving Saul Zaentz, the founder of Fantasy Records. You can read more about the album and the ensuing legal tangles on my Nov 7th post.

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2 Responses to Sometimes I think life is just a rodeo (John Fogerty back in a big way — 1985)

  1. Mister Geezer says:

    Man, what a great and sad story, this Creedence Clearwater Revival/John Fogerty and that bad cat at that record label and all that.

    A few years back I read the first edition of that book, Bad Moon Rising: The Unofficial History of Creedence Clearwater Revival, by Hank Bordowitz, because, well, while I knew a little of the story, I knew very little of it. And Fogerty, with or without CCR, was just so amazing — that great sound and those great songs — how could he and it more or less just disappear as much and for as long as it did? You dig into the story and I don’t think any one of the personalities involved comes off particularly well. But I guess life can be a lot like that at different times for many or any of us. I don’t know. Sometimes I think people in the entertainment and arts businesses can sometimes be a little extra, um, difficult. Sometimes.

    I don’t think Bordowitz was able to interview Forgerty for the book, which seems like a pretty significant shortcoming, yet I remember that it was one of those reads that I just couldn’t stop once started. Recommended.

    • poppaculture says:

      Thank you for the book recommendation, Mister Geezer.
      I think you’re right on several points …
      (1) it’s another slice of life with “difficult” people, where no one participating in the whole mess really comes off well, and
      (2) John Fogerty has a great sound — unique Americana.

      Hope all is well in your world.

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